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Gold and Sullivan seal West Ham deal
Council approves Parc
Former Birmingham City Football Club owners secure 50 per cent stake in club
Eirias proposals
A new Centre of Excellence for By Pete Hayman
sport, leisure and culture is set
to be established at Parc Eirias in West Ham United Football Club
Colwyn Bay, North Wales, after (WHUFC) has confirmed that
plans were given the green light former Birmingham City
by the local authority. Conwy Football Club (BCFC) owners
County Borough Council has David Gold and David Sullivan
given the go-ahead for the have acquired a 50 per cent
facility, which will boast a rugby stake in the club.
training pitch, a 2,000-seat The deal, which values the
grandstand, team changing club at £105m, was concluded
facilities, a weights room and on 18 January and will result in
floodlights. Parc Eirias will also the pair taking over operational
provide a home for the new and commercial control from West Ham United could be set for a move to the Olympic Stadium
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru (North former owner, asset manage-
Wales Rugby) regional team. ment company CB Holding. As well as looking to reduce "I believe with our new board
Sullivan and Gold, who left the club's £100m debt through we have the expertise and
Portsmouth FC fails in
BCFC last September after the external investment, Sullivan experience to do just that.
High Court application
Midlands club was the subject has also outlined plans to move "We have got to look at all
Portsmouth Football Club has of a successful takeover by to London's Olympic Stadium. sorts of ways of bringing in
failed in its attempts to get the businessman Carsten Yeung, Sullivan said: "Our long-term revenue. We will be looking at
High Court to dismiss a winding will be joined at WHUFC by aim will be to put the club on a everything, from saving money
up petition brought against the former colleague Karren Brady. stronger financial footing. to bringing money in."
club by HM Revenue and Customs.
Despite rejecting the Premier
League club's bid to 'strike out'
Everton FC confirms 'positive' stadium discussions
the petition, Mr Justice Newey
granted the club permission to By Pete Hayman housing development were also
lodge an appeal against the included as part of the
decision. PFC is hoping to avoid Everton Football Club (EFC) has Destination Kirkby scheme,
a final hearing of the winding up confirmed that it has held "posi- which was rejected by commu-
order on 10 February. The ruling tive" discussions with Liverpool nities secretary John Denham
comes a week after the club was City Council (LCC) over despite the approval of
told by the Premier League that potential sites for the future Knowsley Council.
its £7m share of television development of a new stadium. In a joint statement, EFC and
revenue was being diverted to The Premier League club is LCC said: "A positive meeting
football creditors. now looking at options within EFC's plans to move to Kirkby took place between Everton FC
the city boundary after plans were rejected in November and Liverpool City Council
Sport England
for a 50,000-seat venue at about future stadium options
appoints new COO
Kirkby as part of a joint scheme Improvements to the town within the city boundary, and
Law Society group finance with Tesco were rejected by the centre, new leisure facilities, a more discussions have been
director Rona Chester has been government in November. new Tesco Extra store and a scheduled for the near future."
appointed to the newly-created
role of chief operations officer
(COO) at Sport England. Chester,
Work starts on North Tyneside indoor tennis centre
who will take up her position on
1 March, will be responsible for Construction work has started on a new indoor tennis complex at Churchill Community College in
finance, business planning and Wallsend, North Tyneside, to create an all-weather facility for students, residents and tennis clubs.
grants management, while also The four-court centre, consisting of a steel-framed waterproof fabric structure, is set to be built
supporting Sport England's chair over the school's existing tennis courts, which will also undergo improvements as part of the
and chief executive in the scheme and will link with other indoor sports areas.
organisation's bid to create a The Lawn Tennis Association has invested nearly £550,000 as part of British Tennis' Places to
"world-leading community sport Play strategy, while the Department for Children, Schools and Families has also contributed.
system" for England.
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